Cathedral, photo by Mike Lanzetta.

For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.
~Martin Luther

See it bigger in Mike’s slideshow.

Happy weekend to everyone, and I hope all you folks without power get some soon!

Take a walk through the trees on Michigan in Pictures.

Dark Mood: Basilica of St. Adalbert

Dark Mood

Dark Mood, photo by Rudy Malmquist.

The web site for Basilica of St. Adalbert (of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids) tells a little of the history of this ornate church that has always fascinated me as I’ve driven past it on the freeway going west out of Grand Rapids.

The Saint Adalbert Aid Society was formed in 1872. At that time the purpose of the fraternal aid societies that sprang up in the primarily ethnic areas of the city, was to assist new immigrants in settling in the area, finding housing, and employment. With the help of the Saint Adalbert Aid Society, and on the initiative of the many Polish people of this area, two lots were purchased in 1880 at the corner of Fourth Street and Davis Avenue, NW, and in June of 1881 construction of a small wooden church was begun. Thus, St. Adalbert Parish was soon established. In 1891 the original church was enlarged to accommodate the every growing Polish population.

In early July of 1907, work began on the present church building. The cornerstone was laid on August 18, 1907, and the building was completed in late spring of 1913 for a total cost of about $150,000, including all of its furnishings.

The basilica is one of a few Minor Basilica in the US and the only church of this rank in Michigan. Wikipedia has more about Polish Cathedrals in America and says that these ornate churches were built by Polish Catholics in rememberance of the glory days of the Polish Commonwealth in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Be sure to check Rudy’s shot out background bigalicious and see more pics in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids, Michigan group on Flickr.

Getting ready for Valentine’s Day


Building_Silhouette, photo by jmsmith000.

All across the state husbands, wives, lovers and friends are thinking about what to do for Valentine’s Day.

If you’re one of those folks, you might want to head over to Absolute Michigan to check out our thoughts on Celebrating Valentine’s Day the Michigan way (with bonus song!) and also the Mondo Valentine’s Day Rundown.

More photos from Jeffrey on his photography web site.

The Door Into Next Year

Detail from the House that Father Coughlin Built...

Detail from the House that Father Coughlin Built…, photo by “CAVE CANEM”.

As we prepare to leave 2008 at the docks and set sail on 2009, I think there’s probably a lot that we hope to leave behind, and much that we hope to discover in the year to come.

I hope that all of you find what you’re seeking in the year to come and that you have very happy and safe celebrations tonight!

Be sure to view this larger and check out C.C.’s In Through the Out Door set (slideshow).

You can read more about the National Shrine of the Little Flower in Royal Oak on Wikipedia and the story of the “venom and compassion” of the man behind its construction 1930s radio priest Father Charles E. Coughlin.

Orchard Lake and the St Mary’s Polish Festival

Campus panorama 1940s

Campus panorama 1940s, photo by Orchard Lake.

I noticed that Memorial Day Weekend is the time of the annual St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair & Festival on Orchard Lake. The event billed as “America’s Largest High School Fair” and is a fundraiser for Orchard Lake Schools and you can get an idea of what has changed (and what hasn’t) in this aerial view of Orchard Lakes Schools.

You can see a lot more cool old photos of the seminary in the Orchard Lake photo set from the Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library at the Orchard Lake Schools.

A Beautiful Gloom: Fall Vines

Fall Vines

Fall Vines, photo by William Couch.

William Couch has a cool set of photos titled A Beautiful Gloom that he took last November.

I think these are especially nice for two reasons (in addition to the obvious “The photos are great!”):
1. He’s got them all “wallpaper sized” and
2. They serve as a reminder that fall is fleeting – get out and enjoy it!

a temple in detroit

a temple in detroit

a temple in detroit, photo by artsy_T.

The other day when I blogged the exposure.detroit Selective Focus photography show (this Friday, July 20), I was pretty shocked to see that I had never blogged a photo from Tina (aka artsy T) to Michigan in Pictures.

She’s been a regular contributor to Absolute Michigan and (in addition to being one heck of an art teacher) she has a great eye for the yellows and reds and azures that surround us.

She has some cool socks too.

Double Rainbow over the Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Catholic Church

roygbiv + icucc

roygbiv + icucc, photo by maproomsystems.

I don’t know if there really was a double rainbow over the Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Catholic Church in Hamtramck, Michigan. While the photo wasn’t posted until yesterday, it was taken on April 1st (another photo from Brett posted below says probably so). Who knows! In any case, it makes a perfect photo for today. – a tremendously informative web site I just found – has an entry on Hamtramck’s Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Catholic Church:

Ukrainians began coming to metropolitan Detroit shortly after 1900. A large number settled in southern Hamtramck, especially on Grayling between Lumpkin and Joseph Campau. The first Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Catholic Church was a wooden structure on Grayling opened in 1913. By 1936, this parish operated a complete elementary school. As the congregants prospered, they were able to build the massive church that you see above. The cornerstone for this church was laid in 1942 but it was some years before the building was completed.

Seriously, this is an amazing web site with nearly 100 entries for religious buildings alone as well as hundreds of pages on everything from Detroit statues and public art to noted Detroit-area residences.


Church In A Puddle

Church In A Puddle

Church In A Puddle, originally uploaded by Mac Girl.

Great shot from Grand Rapids for a Sunday.